Following the work undertaken by the project team at St Cuthbert’s over the past year, the entire collection of 440 fragments has now been made available online for the first time by the University for the Creative Arts’ (UCA) Visual Arts Data Service (VADS). “We are absolutely delighted to see this formerly hidden treasure finally… Continue reading View the catalogue!
Throughout the project we have, in talking so much about these marvellous artefacts, come up against the sole downside to having more than one reredos: a certain amount of confusion over the plural (which normally happens mid-sentence!). The job of cataloguing involves making sure that the language used is clear and does its job of… Continue reading ‘Two reredos… es?!’ A note on vocabulary
I approached my week’s stint as a volunteer documentation assistant with some trepidation, as I had missed the important training day at the start of the project and I was feeling just a trifle out-of-touch with everything as a result. The week before I started, I went to meet Jerry and to see the collection for… Continue reading A documentation volunteer’s experience: The Catalogue
… Well, that depends who you ask. Fortunately for us at the St Cuthbert’s Reredos Project in Wells, we have the pleasure of working with archaeologist Jerry Sampson, who for the last six weeks has been working in a locked room at a secret location, diligently cataloguing the remains of two 15th century reredos, destroyed… Continue reading What can a fragment tell us?
An investigation into the history and original form of these reredos must inevitably consider the wider built environment of the church. One of our project volunteers, Nick, spent some time investigating the medieval wills which refer to St Cuthbert’s, going through the five volumes published by F.W. Weaver around the turn of the nineteenth century. One… Continue reading Thomas Tanner’s chantry in the south transept
The conservators’ initial inspection of the north transept reredos revealed indications that there was once an elaborate canopy over the north transept reredos, projecting outwards from the structure we see today. The cataloguing of the fragments has subsequently added more pieces to the puzzle, with several fragments identified as parts of the lost canopy. During… Continue reading Parallels at the Cathedral: canopies of honour and the destruction of the Lady Chapel reredos